Eddie Hall, also known as “The Beast,” is a former champion of the World’s Strongest Man competition. Recently, he decided to explore the world of grappling by testing his skills against seasoned UFC heavyweight fighter Tom Aspinall. Hall boasts an impressive strongman career, having participated in every edition of the World’s Strongest Man from 2012 to 2017. With each passing year, his performance improved, culminating in a victorious title win on his final attempt. Following this achievement, Hall announced his retirement from that level of competition. Throughout his career, he set numerous world records and even today, long after his retirement, he remains significantly stronger than the majority of individuals on the planet.
Hall is not the first elite strongman to venture into combat sports, as many of his fellow competitors have shown an interest in disciplines such as Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) and Mixed Martial Arts (MMA). Notably, Hafthor Bjornsson embarked on the ultimate grappling challenge by engaging in a friendly sparring match with Gordon Ryan. Hall himself has some experience in combat sports, having faced Bjornsson under different rules in 2022, resulting in what was dubbed “the heaviest boxing match in history” at the time.
While Tom Aspinall may not possess the same physical stature as a professional strongman, he is undeniably an exceptional athlete. Aspinall made his professional MMA debut in 2014 and gradually climbed the ranks, ultimately making his UFC debut in 2020 with a record of 7 wins and 2 losses. He has garnered attention through impressive finishes and currently holds a 13-3 professional record, placing him within the top 5 of the heavyweight division. Aspinall’s notable achievements also include receiving 5 “Performance of the Night” bonuses. Considering his recent 30th birthday, fans can anticipate him contending for a championship title in the future.
The footage of Eddie Hall’s friendly grappling session with Tom Aspinall has been shared on his official YouTube channel.